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children have become prizes to fight why does the last threaten the families of the social fabric to see me in the frame of they have right of will hold many more the faith that they have any kind of suspicion about the world being more fuel for your children. are just better at bringing up kids than their own mom and dad you know we have an industry that is so. concentrated on the counter for trade with children .
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free. education free. free. free. free. free. free free. videos for your media projects free media oh god r.t. dot com. free press linda could face his toughest regulation three hundred years across the line when it caught voice mails of royalty celebrities and murder victim polly boykin reports now in the inquiry that exposed the secret relationship to the paper the police and politicians. revelations that the british press and gauged in phone hacking sparked a wave of public revulsion and picked off one of the biggest media scandals.
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at times that threatened not just the leak story. but downing street as well as the allegations went all the way to the heart the british government to douse the flames number ten ordered the creation of the leveson inquiry in order to investigate the claims and now two years in the making after a chorus line of celebrity witness says and millions in taxpayers' money the leveson report damning about the press and heavily critical of both the police and the government forty eight says was their cozy relationship with the media cameron has been shown with hunt to have been actually batting for the murdoch empire was part of all of this so you know i think you know there needs to be a bit more of a focus on the failures of the police to actually do anything about these criminal acts lord leveson his recommendation is behind standards of self-regulation by the
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press in forced by law. and that's what critics fear could stifle the already declining newspaper industry and deal a huge blow to the freedom of the press in the u.k. is it any way in which you can be a little bit censored or a little bit monitored and most people say no with britain now in the midst of a post leveson hangover is the country's two top politicians who are likely to be the most embarrassed david cameron might be suffering from some uncomfortable flashbacks back in october the prime minister promised to support the leveson recommendations as long as they went bonkers cut to last week i have some serious concerns and misgivings on this recommendation they break down into issues of principle practicality and but david cameron's change of heart regarding the inquiries findings would be causing him half the headache that nick clegg might be
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nursing at the moment the liberal democrat deputy prime minister used to talk about liberal democracy a labor previous essence will be will be remembered as the government who took your freedoms away we want to be remembered as the ones who gave them but not anymore here he is off to leveson published their report i have always said that i would support lord justice leveson reforms providing they are proportionate and workable and i will come on to why i believe that is the case as far as the report's corporate core proposal is concerned namely a tougher system of self-regulation supported by new independent checks recognised in law recent polls suggest that over two thirds of britons have little or no faith in the newspaper industry anymore and with revelations about the strong links between the police the politicians and the media it's not only trust in fleet street that when dealing. with the word you know obviously we've been very worried
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about his press sometimes i think it's always do. but we should keep an eye on it and be aware of it. with opinions raging for and against new legislation it's turning into a no win situation for those in power by questioning the results of the inquiry david cameron looked to his critics like he abandoned the victims of media intrusion for some good press which is what got the government in trouble in the first place polly boyko r t london. reports of explosions in syria's western city of homs today with at least seven killed more than thirty injured those blasts near a mosque in the stadium witnesses say there were two separate car bomb attacks it's feared the number of dead could rise two with many of the wounded a critical condition it comes amid other reports that syrian warplanes have hit rebel targets in the suburbs of damascus where fighting between militias and regime troops has been raging for weeks. meantime western support for syrian rebels
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continued this last week with france allocating one and a half million dollars in aid to the new syrian opposition washington is now leading efforts to make the new group a government in exile too to serve as a counterweight to the assad regime russia fired back saying it's unacceptable to throw support behind a coalition that stands against the officially recognized government professor paul sheldon foote from california state university says france's only consume short term financial goals. finance major interest would be to continue with sorenson armaments throughout the we're all the third industry but it i don't think it really cured serve justice it didn't cure and it goes to libya all they were it was to morrow i was going to up and they didn't really care who took over afterwards the. problem or thing the so-called syrian opposition leaders that they are not united the only thing unites the militant they would like to remove the current government they come from a very wide range of. religious viewpoints. viewpoint with
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origins. if they ever were to succeed in syria they were not be able to come together and they would be in no round of fighting to determine who. dominate all the other groups. france has the only country willing to pump aid of the middle east region either the us is now assisting libya to as the country attempts to reestablish its military after last year's civil war but if that is going to she can reports washington's offer of help may not be is entirely selfless as it seems. the pentagon's new outlook forget about full scale invasion is and large footprint occupation instead think of special ops and proxy armies next destination libya the obama administration has received congressional approval to allocate money for a special unit reportedly made up of some five hundred people who will train the country's forces according to one libyan militia commander
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a team of americans is already in the country looking for recruits a major obstacle in their way a vastly divided society there isn't an army and libya now and the army is not going to be because whenever you try and get militias which have been region says to a variety of rays of things that the national interest so they have allegiance to a drive or to a sect or to a religion rather than having allegiance to the nation or to the country you cannot build an army but with training and aid fully via the u.s. we have more pragmatic goals then uniting the army you were just teaching them the best way to fight this war training essentially because it's really about not so much about you know teaching people how to use rifles and how to use new equipment it's all about really more about indoctrination make any aid each one of the children u.s. uses and as you know very successfully. to ensure that the elites in the countries
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concerned stay loyal to the u.s. . a lot in terms of foreign policy and in terms of opening their economies up. to u.s. multinationals will be a movie very important. for the united states and yes it will start buying american arms and substantial qualities libya's lots and lots of money to spend according to the state department this year alone the u.s. spent six point three billion dollars financing foreign armies it argues investing in foreign militaries helps build. better alliances and further american interests abroad from the point of view of the u.s. government of course it's very useful to have other countries militaries integrated into the us they get the training then they get the equipment they get the arms it's the full package the idea of proxy armies is not new to be very destructive record of training foreign armies has hardly been flawless you have the school of
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americas for instance which is trained all the the armies that became the torturers of latin america that started after world war two i would say the training troops is especially in the middle east in the case of iraq or in afghanistan something of a catastrophe it's premised on a fantasy that if the u.s. buys the uniforms gives them the guns provides in the training that somehow these will be reliable forces you can see in the case of afghanistan big governments are united the governments are partners but the afghan troops don't consider the americans to be their friends in fact they consider them to be cultural aliens who are occupying their country more than fifty coalition troops were killed this year alone by members of the afghan security forces word is out that the obama administration wants to leave around ten thousand troops in afghanistan to continue to train afghan forces and carry out special operations after twenty fourteen when according to the obama administration american forces are supposed to have completely left the country the afghan government has less than two years to agree
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or reject the idea the u.s. government may be looking at training armies abroad is a smart investment sort of like outsourcing makes sense in business it's cheaper than having u.s. troops on the ground no need to explain dead troops coming home makes sense from a lot of perspectives but that strategy has backfired more than once in the past eliminating populations that didn't want to see their military become a student of washington's wars in washington i'm gonna check out today's world news headlines now suicide bombers of attack to join us after a military base in the city of jalalabad in eastern afghanistan. two vehicles packed with explosives were detonated at the main gate there followed by gunfire all nine of the assailants involved were killed nato also says at least six afghans died and several allied troops were injured this is the largest such assault in the city since february when a suicide bomb attack claimed the lives of nine afghans. c.c.t.v. footage here showing inside that collapsed tunnel in japan at least five people
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have been killed authorities say as many as seven people could still be trapped tonight the rescue missions been complicated by thick smoke from a fire inside the tunnel road remains closed while the cause of the collapse is under investigation. without whistleblowers deeply disturbing government and corporate crime should go unpunished in a few minutes r.t. here's how to protect than those whistle blows from extinction. tucked in between the russian mainland japan and the suckling island is the island of minute on named after french seafarer who discovered it it is described as the pride of the sakhalin region we'll take a look at what's in store for us here. until two thousand and four the island was part of the borders own and was completely
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restricted to visit is now the speech u.s. place is open to tourists unique plants and animals are its top attraction. treaty has been exploring the deaths of the world seas for several decades but it's here at more your own island where he has finally found what he'd been looking for . the water here is very clear the visibility is very good and the underwater world here is extremely rich i've been to many diving locations across the planet including the island of bali but mine are on top of my list while some go to the cycling region to enjoy the sights others convert the islands nature's richest into a healthy dollar it is home to the biggest seafood processing factory in russia the tonight shock hundreds of thousands of tons of fish get caught in the nets too late to produce delicious salamon caviar almost and necessary attribute of anything in
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russia the owner of the enterprise says a good fishing season can bring in more than a hundred million dollars net profit. and to a large extent this is old to do what succulent offers environmentally the tonight show operates in only and natural habitat and mild climate unique natural sights and delicious seafood succulent can offer a diverse holiday for those who are not afraid to travel ten thousand kilometers from europe the. the question is whether this distant land would ever be able to become a major tourist destination. whistleblowers and i mean it's defenders of the trace fighting back against the code of corruption the recent high profile whistle blowing cases such as that of wiki leaks founder
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julian assange have given us a glimpse of the often harsh realities that face these were brave enough to expose the secrets that there is in power would rather we kept hidden so what do you do if you have information that you feel said be exposed to turn to which tell us a bit more about that we're joined by gaz unexciting director of the center for investigative journalism but you're here today to talk to us about the new whistle playing great in the way we set up a whistle blower's group in britain because whistleblowers have very little protection here the law exists to nominally protect them but it's very weak and it means that. whistleblowers are encouraged to deal with the problem inside their own company inside the government agency whoever happens to be in that exposes them immediately to possible retribution and victimization psychological pressures on whistleblowers are quite intense they usually surprisingly lose their spouses the
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husband or the wife leaves them because they can't take the pressure the financial pressure of courts police is very great. and unless you have nothing or you have a great deal to fight if you're in the middle it's very difficult. so to fight against a major opponent in a huge corporation for example it's extremely difficult they have unknown numbers of lawyers they have millions of pounds to spend attacking you and they will now go after your private life they'll go after all kinds of aspects of your life falsify the employment records to say that you were always a crazy person even if you've just been promoted they'll do all kinds of things to discredit you and that's very hard for families to take and often go to the employers your employers and say you've got this terrible disreputable person working for you and so the pressures are high and so one of the first things they asked us was when we asked them what do you need what would help you most and they said psychological help some kind of console and somebody to talk to so we can vent
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the problems with them and get some advice. and they lose their homes a lot. too just to do a couple days in court could cost you fifteen thousand pounds. which is more money than any working person really has here so you can't fight very well and there's no unions in a lot of areas of british life so you can the union can help you so you're very much on your own which is why we formed whistleblowers u.k. so that there be a collective group like a trade union almost to support whistleblowers by themselves i'm the only person in it who's not actually a whistleblower you know all the rest of them are whistleblowers though i worked as an investigative reporter i've worked with who were so close for thirty five years and i've seen what's happened to so many of them we had one whistleblower who helped me a great deal on a film in this country and he was stabbed on the street and barely survived and i felt after that that we had a particular obligation to help these people ek with the blameless are often how it
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is some of the best the top stand it but from what you've been describing it sounds like there's really a very long wait. a long way to go though the law was probably well intended but it's very very weak employers and the government did a great deal to take the teeth out of the law what they do in effect is they suggest that you you go to an outside regulator but there's are no routers outside regulators of any independents to go to so you're stuck with going to somebody inside the company and reporting it reporting what it is that concerns you for example corruption. unsafe conditions chemical hazards all kinds of things that will be very disturbing to people so we have a real obligation to find some protective form that really works now and sweden for example there's a law there that says that if you don't whistle blower you go to prison that's strong enough now the words that encourages you to to whistle blow if you see
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something of a social importance something of undeniable public interest then you have to fight to expose it similarly. the americans have all of which means that if you see. save the government a lot of money because exposing tax evasion the government will give you ten percent of what they saved so we have case after case after case now of whistleblowers in america receiving enormous sums of money one woman received one hundred thirty one million dollars as a ten percent of what she saved the government tax avoidance so those things are encouraging to some whistleblowers we don't believe in that here we don't think that people ought to take money because it will it will suggest that we're only doing this for the money is there a coach say in the covering up is a long time culture it's one of the few things that you could say is uniquely british in a sense that the idea that when the police kill somebody nobody's ever convicted
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there's been a thousand deaths in police custody in this country in the last twenty odd years and not one policeman not one has ever been convicted it's always been covered up there's a famous case in two thousand and six where a brazilian electrician was shot to death by seven on uniform explain clothes police in front of forty horrified passengers on a tube the demonstration of quite a well known killing here and not one cop was even prosecute let alone convicted and the woman who gave the command order to kill him was herself promoted and she's now the head of all counterterrorism in britain that's how we define cover so yes the answer is yes how's your great going about taking on this. well by encouraging whistleblowers with support with legal support so they are properly defended and they compete properly or look after their own interests in court where they're psychologically supported so they're not alone whether solid solidarity network or
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other for example we have a court accompanying service so that when a whistleblower goes to court another whistleblower from any group goes with them told their hand to make sure they're not alone and they're facing a whole panel of lawyers on their own we send somebody with them it's usually a nurse because we've got a lot of nurse we're so blowers and they're the best we've got they're fantastic. because it's a tough world and they're the ones who do it for no money they've got they're paid badly and so why should they tolerate the abuse of conditions often many of them are subjected to. those people are the ones who are the strongest and the toughest and they stand behind our military people they stand behind our financial people when they go in court there's usually a nurse with them or a doctor or somebody who from our medical group who goes with them gavin your investigative journalist yourself and often with the guys in the back of an investigation that the people who think they just how vital with the investigations
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will first hand witness is like the documents are critical to an investigative report that has any credibility we have to work to the same standard as a lawyer in court what we do we have to be able to prove and a whistleblower who's a first hand witness or who can take documents out becomes very important in that process we have one with us a man named ian foxley he's a left handed colonel in the british army or was he was sent to saudi arabia to supervise a commercial arms deal worth over a billion pounds he got there and discovered there was hundreds of millions of pounds missing in these accounts there was clear corruption going on and he confronted them and barely got out alive from the country. it was quite an adventure was like a james bond story getting out of the country in front of the saudi secret police they're pretty dreaded you enter that system and you probably don't come out in one piece and he was very lucky to get out and even on the front page of newspapers now all of us but he's a leading figure in our organization and we have many people in the same place so
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we've had a lot of experience with as investigative reporters with the central idea of that employ their evidence the people out there you know what seeing at the maintenance and maybe thinking about what's the playing how the information they want to expose what would your advice be to the main thing is to protect yourself and your family and when you start. we tell people here very simply if you can telephone somebody don't do it from your office don't do it from your home if you want to send an e-mail to a reporter or somebody else don't do it from home don't do it from your office don't tell anybody what you're doing tell nobody act normal so nobody suspects later on there might have been you so just to protect yourself so you're not in serious trouble later go outside your main town to a small internet cafe which which does not have a closed circuit television camera make sure it doesn't and if it doesn't you've got seven or eight minutes to make a phone call or e-mail to the press and then leave quickly and wait for
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them to contact you. with high profile cases like g.d. in the songs and i know that you've covered that yourself very closely it seems like the message is that the war on whistle blowing is gearing up actually strangely enough it's quite the opposite because. first of all courage is contagious. and julian assange just nothing if he's not courageous and he's broken more stories exposed more injustices more crimes and mass murder by the american government than anybody has ever done and he's still around the maybe we have you know uncomfortable life in the ecuadorian embassy but he's still with us and he'll get out of it but what's more no one person who's ever used wiki leaks now one person has ever been caught let's talk about the media's role when it comes to with we seen the response to julian assange is being very divided why do you think the media's message has been say confused what the media's also been hostile to do in.
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particular the guardian here in the new york times i mean basically the establishment press. the liberal establishment press if you can call it that are probably the most critical strangely enough they're not supportive of people like julian assange or even some whistleblowers we. get their particular anger go and there's no doubt about that because you're also he produces more stories in one after a huge than they've produced in twenty five years and that makes them very angry because it's he's not a professional he's not one of us he's a strange australian crazy man and they are frightened by that. because it by the way encourages others and one of the interesting things about wiki leaks is far from it being suppressed there are thirty three new wiki leaks all around the world there's even one in bulgaria there's one in the appalachian mountains of tennessee in the united states for coal miners to put out the truth about what happens in the coal mines i mean there's a lot of very interesting stuff going on prompted by that so far from being
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a discouraging thing i think a lot of people are quite encouraged by what's going on we certainly are for people watching the idea of a whistleblower is often deep throat from the watergate scandal and i say the figure that stays in the background see can you explain and summarize why it's so important that we protect these people because courage is contagious and if they are not caught. that's encouragement to everybody else. it's like any whistleblower anywhere so it's fear that prevents them if we can reduce that fear then more will come forward so they'll be more investigative reporting better and more in-depth and skeptical reporting will learn more about governments and corporations that we need to know that now is secret the secret world of the dangerous world and we're trying to pull some curtains and open the light and point out it and that's what was a boy will do and the more whistleblowers we have the more lights going to come out if i can thank you very much for joining us pleasure.
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